Troy voter fraud trial finally comes to a close

Posted at: 03/14/2013 4:50 PM
Updated at: 03/14/2013 5:54 PM
By: John McLoughlin

TROY - After 3 ½ years and 3 trials that did not result in any convictions, the Troy voter fraud trial finally ended Thursday night.

Charges against the two remaining democratic politicians were dismissed Thursday at the respect of the prosecutor himself.

The judge took less than 10 minutes Thursday morning to toss out the indictments against former City Council President, Clem Campana and current member of the council, Gary Galuski.

The judge dismissed all the charges against Campana and Galuski, noting that three trials last year ended without convicting anyone.

Judge George Pulver said the case against Galuski never was a strong one.

Special Prosecutor Trey Smith did obtain guilty pleas in pre-trial deals with four politicians who admitted taking part in a widespread scheme to steal votes from residents of public housing projects by forging their signatures on absentee ballots in the working family party primary, but former Councilman Michael Loporto and Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough were both acquitted after three trials last year.

The prosecutor's bill so far is at least $500,000.